I always read the contributor copies of the publications where my stories appear (when they manage to successfully brave the postal system between the English-speaking world and Argentina, that is). I don’t always read them immediately, though, as they go into the to-be-read pile, which is often biblical in scope.
So the Fall 2017 issue of Into the Ruins, which contains my tale “Anchored Down in Anchorage” has just cycled through.
When I read the guidelines prior to sending my story through, I remember thinking that a collection of stories set in the ruins of civilization would make for somewhat depressing reading, but the reality is that the magazine was actually a different from what I expected.
In the first place, half of the stories focused on the potential for adventure after the fall of civilization. It might be worrying if you stop to think about it, but while reading, these tales are mainly entertaining.
The other half of the stories are, interestingly, of the type where humanity falls into its basest patterns… terrifying for different reasons.
So these stories, though set in a world after global warming takes its toll, are not about the catastrophe (even though every single one of them uses global warming and rising sea levels as its starting point as opposed to some other kind of calamity). The post-civilization world is just a setting to explore the ins and outs of the characters immersed therein.
My favorite was “The Cupertinians” by Damian Macrae, which might best be described as a morally ambiguous romp in the Indiana Jones style. Wonderful.
Gustavo Bondoni is an Argentine novelist and short story writer. His latest novel is entitled Timeless, and you can check it out here.